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Poster: billydlions Date: Aug 20, 2010 8:35pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The road less traveled...

The authors of the Tapers Compendium also claim the band improved each year in the early 80's (or perhaps that's what you are thinking of?). I think they offered better analysis of the early shows (Vol 1) as there's no way any objective listener can make that claim. As I've said here before I believe the peak of the 80's to be Mid 1980 thru Oct 1982 with 1981 the best overall year. I also like the fall tour from 1983 and some shows from 1984, especially JGB from 1984. 1985 was a train wreck, except for a few good shows here and there.

I like 4-14, 4-26-84 is a very good show- my favorite from '84, 6-30-84 is pretty good, 7-13 for obvious reasons, 10-12, the crazy Jack Straw from 10-20 and New Years is not bad.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1984-04-26.sbd.miller.91432.sbeok.flac16

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Aug 21, 2010 5:25am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The road less traveled...

No, it wasn't the Tapers Compendium. I don't have that. But if they also say that, well, I'd be curious what it's based on -- what aspect of the music. Do you happen to know the rationale given? (If it's not just the writers' gut reaction.) Cuz while I do like a lot of shows from across that era, I'm pretty much with you on the high points. Including Fall 83 as comparatively strong, IMO. Not that I've listened to everything, LOL.

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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Aug 20, 2010 9:22pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The road less traveled...

I agree with your assessment . I divide the 80's into 3 parts .
80 - 82 early Brent ( you could sneak in the Brent part of 79)
83 - 86 The "junky Jerry" era .
87 - 89 Late Brent ( you could toss in the respective part of 90 here )
Since we started by talking about 84, i should say I find shows from this era, uneven, but sometimes interesting, and sometimes quite good . There is something "funky" in this era, both in the good and bad sense of the word .
That "comeback" , post coma period seems too clean, comparatively .
There is a sort of wounded quality to some of Garcia's songs at this time , that feels so real .

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Poster: clementinescaboose Date: Aug 21, 2010 12:03am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The road less traveled...

well we all know how i feel about the '80s (or maybe not) but here's a good rec from the Dr. i've been enjoying a bit:

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1984-06-27.sbd.miller.repitch-87467.87658.sbeok.flac16

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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Aug 21, 2010 7:45am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The road less traveled...

Yes , I have had that one for , well ,not to long after they played the show !

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Aug 20, 2010 8:37pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The road less traveled...

I was at a ton of those 84 shows (Hampton, Hartford, Red Rocks, Cal Expo, Greeks, Ventura, New Years, etc). That said, best memories (other than that roar for Dark Star) of that time are definitely Jerry at the Stone... I know a lot of the old farts say I came to the party too late, but shit, you could still see the fat man in a club. Too soon he'd be playing Hampton and the GD would be relegated to stadiums.

Unlike Cliff, I don't want my money back - I have plenty of good memories and good friends from those days to last a lifetime.